What's in a Name?
The Story Behind Every Town Name in Maine
Popular Maine storyteller John McDonald describes how every town, city, and plantation in Maine got its name and adds a few stories and tidbits for good measure. From Fryeburg to Frenchboro, Caribou to Kittery, Portland to Passadumkeag, Maine towns often have fascinating stories about why and how they got their name. What's in a Name? will give you wonderful insight, fun facts, and some little-known history about The Pine Tree State.
John McDonald, now regarded as a dean of Maine storytelling, got his start as a performer playing at local Downeast Maine events in the 1970s before catching his first big break when he was asked to perform on stage with the legendary Marshall Dodge and Kendall Morse at Ellsworth’s Strand Theater in 1980. Since then, McDonald has performed for audiences across New England, released two audio recordings, and written four books, including the now-classic, A Moose and a Lobster Walk into Bar, one of the most successful local books of all time. McDonald lives in Otisfield with his wife, Anne.